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Top tips to prepare for June's GPhC pre-reg exam

The registration exam will take place on June 28
The registration exam will take place on June 28

What should pre-registration pharmacists and their tutors be prioritising in the weeks leading up to the General Pharmaceutical Council's (GPhC) registration assessment?

With the GPhC pre-reg exam coming on June 28, trainee pharmacists and their tutors are getting primed to tackle the summer assessment.

C+D clinical editor Kristoffer Stewart spoke to Simon Harris, head of education and training at Green Light Campus – the training arm of Green Light Pharmacy – to discuss what pre-regs should be prioritising in these last, pivotal weeks leading up to their exam, and how tutors can support them along the way.

Listen to the podcast to find out:

  • The different pre-reg exam questions you are likely to encounter
  • What pre-regs should be doing now to prepare
  • How to use the resources allocated during the exam
  • The importance of sticking to a revision timetable
  • What to do if you don't feel ready to take the exam
  • How to avoid revision exhaustion.

You can listen to the podcast in full below. Alternatively, subscribe to all of C+D's podcasts on iTunes by clicking here or by searching 'Chemist+Druggist podcast' on your preferred android podcast app.

For more information on the summer registration assessment and framework, visit the GPhC site. If you require advice or support leading up to the pre-reg exam, visit the Pharmacist Support website.

How are you preparing for the pre-reg assessment?

Kamran Sarwar, Community pharmacist

In the first worked example which of the two ways shown, do YOU think is correct answer!

Uma Patel, Community pharmacist

To be fair this exam is tough and not related to the final exam at Uni. In the last 20 yrs of being a tutor, my best students have failed and the worst ones have passed first time. I don't envy the students. Good luck to them

Adam Hall, Community pharmacist

Am I missing something? Haven't all these people just completed a degree so should know all this?

That is a very unusual comment to make, considering you are a pharmacist yourself? The pre-reg year covers so many different aspects, pretty much all of which isn't 'learned' in uni. No amount of glorious exam passes in pharmceutical chemistry or pharmacology will impart the knowledge needed to pass the pre-reg exam. There would be no point in the pre-reg year if you could walk from uni to work and be competent to do so.

Alex Bamsey, Hospital pharmacist

Uni didn’t prepare me for my prereg exam whatsoever so yes, you’re missing something. 

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